This paper presents petrographic and U-Pb LA-ICP-MS isotopic data of a single peraluminous intrusion (alkali-feldspar granite of Airekan) with partial gneissic foliation on the north western margin of the Yazd Block in the west of the Central-East Iranian Microcontinent (CEIM) to discuss the evolution of this terrain. This intrusion typically suggests a continental collision orogenesis along the northern frontier of Gondwana in the CEIM. The U-Pb dating of zircons indicates that Airekan granite has a distinctive inherited magmatic component at ∼518.2 ± 4.9 Ma but zircons with 892, 679, 614 and 554 Ma ages. These zircons were likely to be ultimately sourced from neighboring Neoproterozoic – Cambrian leucogranite terrains, similar to the other localities in the northern margin of Gondwana, along the Alpine-Himalayan belt from Europe, Turkey, NE Iran, CEIM, Pakistan, India to southern Tibet. The zircons and overgrowths around the inherited components with igneous morphology indicate a plutonism at Lower Ordovician (∼483 ± 2.9 Ma). Petrographic features and morphology of zircon crystals indicate that partial resetting of the U-Pb system in zircons have occurred at ∼382.6 ± 3.2 Ma in Devonian, during the Paleo-Tethys evolutions in Khur region (Anarak-Jandaq terrane) in the southern active margin of Laurasia.
- Central-East Iranian Microcontinent